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3825 SE 10th Ave.
Cape Coral FL 33904

All photographs copyright Harry Cutting. All rights reserved.

Young boy wearing winter hat.
Caption: Pre-teen boy wearing a winter hat.

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Technical data: Photo taken with an Olympus digital SLR camera and Zuiko 14-54mm f2.8-3.5 lens; hand held, available light with auto fill-flash, some minus flash exposure adjustment because of the dark background. Approximate exposure in manual mode 1/60 second at f8.0 - ISO 200, WB manually set to 5600. No lens filters were used.

Photo file was routinely optimized using Photoshop; levels and curves, color balance, sharpening and cropping. I use a Mac for all photo processing.

Comments: While photographing several pre-teen boys near a shopping mall I decided to skip the usual cliched poses and simply make portraits. The problem was, where could I find a good, plain background - and fast? Pre-teens have a low tolerance for boredom. There was too much hot sun to use the sides of buildings and the lots and alleys were too cluttered. I spotted a high dense hedge of foliage near some air conditioning units and used it for background, but not without a few problems.

The foliage was mottling and discoloring the skin tones so I used a little fill-flash to correct the color and smooth out the tones. The dark foliage was also confusing the flash into firing too much light (it's meter reads the darkness and overcompensates by sending too much light). I dialed down the flash output about two stops to make up for it.

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